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What’s wrong with a gender-neutral society?

April 13, 2012

In an article entitled Sweden’s New Gender-Neutral Pronoun: Hen, published in Slate magazine, the author explains how Sweden is addressing gender-based issues: gender neutrality. “The idea,” Rothschild explains, “is that the government and society should tolerate no distinctions at all between the sexes…What many gender-neutral activists are after is a society that entirely erases traditional gender roles and stereotypes at even the most mundane levels.”

This is by no means the first such idea. Although this is by no means a new issue, recently there has been a surge in stories about gender: the transgender Miss Universe fiasco, new LAPD transgender policies, demands for gender-neutral lavatories and dormitories on school campuses, and the list goes on.

So what’s wrong with a gender-neutral society? If you’re a Christian, you simply must have an answer to questions like these. (And I’m not going to get into the politics of this issue, and what the government should and shouldn’t legislate, pursuant to our freedoms in this country. That’s an important discussion, but not one I’m tackling right now.) What does the Christian say to this issue? And the whole of the LGBT agenda, for that matter.

How does the Bible address the issue? “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). God values specific gender, and created humans that way on purpose. Why? Because God knows what works and how humans will exist in the best way, and He designed them that way. I remember Tim Keller said something to the effect of: God didn’t create rules and laws to be a killjoy. He knows what works best, and when you break His rules, they break you. That’s a rough paraphrase, but I think it’s helpful. The same principle applies to every other area. Take any other vice: stealing, lying, lust, envy, gossip, etc. What is the end of them all? Pain, chaos, disorder, ruined relationships and broken lives. God’s way breaks you, when you break it. It’s got to be one of the clearest messages out there. Playing games with gender and sexuality is rebellion against the Creator, and, as I just established, He knows best. And He already told us what that is. Christians should be against gender-neutrality for the same reasons we are against greed and corruption: it’s a departure from God’s design, and therefore will only lead to pain and suffering and, ultimately, judgment. We want people to be free from those things and experience life abundant.

I’ll finish with another quote from this article: “Ironically, in the effort to free Swedish children from so-called normative behavior, gender-neutral proponents are also subjecting them to a whole set of new rules and new norms as certain forms of play become taboo, language becomes regulated, and children’s interactions and attitudes are closely observed by teachers…[one] preschool removed ‘free playtime’ from its schedule because, as a pedagogue at the school put it, when children play freely ‘stereotypical gender patterns are born and cemented.'”  Go figure gender patterns emerge…”male and female he created them.”

What are your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Additions?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 9:42 pm

    The of this post reminds me of Brave New World. Great insights.

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